Fragrant New Years Resolutions 2016/7

Hi there Posse, Another year is nearly over so it’s time for Fragrant New Years Resolutions. Though many have had it tough and dealt with major change, upheaval and strife we here in Australia remain relatively unscathed. I know many of you are having a holiday season filled with drama, pain, doubt and need. I hope next year brings you peace, brighter prospects, calm and plenty.

A Little holiday period hint: When I need to hide myself away in a crowd I often spritz a hefty frag and lose myself for hours at a time in its wafting beauty. You can pretend to be alert and present but really be hiding in a world of fragrance. He he he. They’ll never catch on.

So my question today is What Are Your Fragrant New Years Resolutions?

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Fragrant New Years Resolutions

What will you do this year to change your habits, are there things you’ve wanted for years you would like to purchase, is it to cut your fragrance wardrobe to manageable, or use up some of your samples? How do you want your fragrance wardrobe to lok this time next year?

My Answer:
1. I would like to cull about 100 bottles from my collection and sell them on eBay/FB. Quite a few of my early Blind Buys, fragrances that suited me for a season but now I don’t love, gifts and impulse purchases. They all need to have new homes.
2. I am going to try very hard to use up a bunch of my samples & decants. Perfume is for using, not for sitting there wasting away.
3. Do a bunch of GIVEAWAYS of the samples/decants that I won’t ever use again for whatever reason.
4. I’m going to try to stop buying more bottles of vintage fragrance that I already own a backup for. It is getting ridiculous.
5. Just read this idea somewhere. I’m going to make a box of “MAYBE” perfumes that I own, love, don’t use. If, after June 2017 they haven’t been brought out of the box even once and spritzed I’ll sell them. 6 months is the gamut of temps.

OK, over to you. What Are Your Fragrant New Years Resolutions?
Portia xxx


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  • Spring-pansy says:

    To sum it up, I want to just enjoy the whole fragrance experience more – stop stressing about finding the “one,” and whether I have too much or too little. I will continue to keep track of fragrance purchases and likes/dislikes. Continue to move unwanted bottles to a better home. Continue to give every purchase some thought. Continue to spray and sniff and delight in the scents themselves and the friends I’ve made. Happy 2017!

  • Neva says:

    I definitely agree with your point No 4! And I’m going to finish at least 3 bottles of perfume. I promise! (the owner of a small niche perfumery told me that I’m not allowed to buy any more perfume until I show him an empty finished bottle first 😀
    That’ll be enough. Don’t know if I can keep more promises…

  • Ingeborg says:

    No resolutions really, except no blind buying. Plus I need to tidy my samples and give away more, but i have been aware of that for a while and already started in a small way.

  • HeidiC says:

    I hear ya on #4 — if I see a good price on a vintage perfume I love, I have a hard time saying No, because WHAT IF IT RUNS OUT AND THERE’S NO MORE IN THE WORLD??? But when I have backups, and backups for the backups, it becomes hard to rationalize. Also, stop hoarding what I do have — I need to just enjoy it for its ephemeral loveliness.

    I’m good about giving away samples I don’t love, because I have SO MANY nieces (blood and honorary) that I’m always bestowing frags on. So I don’t feel bad getting samples. Maybe this year I’ll try to acquire an appreciation of rose scents — for some reason, I usually can’t do rose, even ones that are highly-praised.

    • Portia says:

      Hey HeidiC,
      Yep, those backups of backups are getting me down. I’m doing a big purge right now. It’s really satisfying.
      Portia xx

  • rickyrebarco says:

    Portia, my resolutions are similar to yours. I am culling my collection and will continue to do so. I am also going to continue to sample less. All those samples get expensive and I need to use up the ones I have before getting more!

    • Portia says:

      I love the feeling when I empty samples & decants, it feels like I’ve accomplished something rickyrebarco.
      Portia x

      • rickyrebarco says:

        Absolutely!! I’m reading the book “The Minimalists” and it’s inspiring me to use up things I have and to be much more thoughtful regarding any future purchases! Happy New Year to you and Jin and your wonderful doggies.

  • Tatiana says:

    Well, you pretty much summed up my resolutions. I have already accomplished #4 this past year. Need to work on #1, #2 and #3. I already have quite a few fragrances set aside to sell, I just need to package them up and get cracking on the listings.
    My last resolution is more of a wish, to spend more time in Paris smelling that city. Living in northern California where it can sometimes be a bit un-PC to wear much fragrance, it was wonderful to be in Paris and walk down the street or be in a museum and catch a whiff of another person’s fragrance. I really loved the deep, rich and almost skanky scents I kept encountering.

  • grizzlesnort says:

    Say YES more often.

  • AnnieA says:

    No more sample buying! It only leads to a realm of No. In the past two years I have bought ca. 75 samples and not one lead to a bottle purchase.

    • Portia says:

      Hey AnnieA,
      But doesn’t that mean you’re better off? What if you blind bought the bottle and didn’t end up using it?
      Portia xx

  • jenbat says:

    I would like to try one all-natural perfume (for instance from Aftelier or Hiram Green), for my graduation I’m going to gift myself one full bottle of Zoologist’s Rhinoceros, and lastly to work up the courage to wear more than one teeny spray at a time, so other people can smell it and not just me with my arm to my nose!

  • Tara C says:

    Bought way too much in 2016, so I am going to limit it to 6 bottles for 2017 and to finish 6 bottles for a net increase of zero. So far I have finished 2 bottles this past week, yay!

  • eldarwen22 says:

    My resolutions:
    1. Buy only 1 full bottle of perfume.
    2. Use up a few full bottles of perfume.
    3. Sell what perfume I don’t wear.
    4. Quit buying so many decants.
    We will see what sticks or not!

  • Musette says:

    Hi, sweetie! Happiest New Year to you! My resolution is to organize the Messy Armoire and continue to pass on the samples and bottles I’m not using. I’m actually FOINE with the idea of a few signature scents and a couple of ‘play’ scents. My life is a bit chaotic because of our business – never knowing what’s coming down the pike – so I like some stability in other areas. The couple (5? maybe a bit more depending upon the season) that I wear all the time are just fabbo for me.


  • Sylvia says:

    What are the groups to sell bottles of fragrance on eBay or fb? I’d love to know where to go to sell and what to avoid!
    My resolutions are to aim to test a frag three times before buying a bigger decant-Then using up the decant before buying a bottle.
    To sell the couple that I bought too soon.
    For example- I bought Shalimar after one testing and I cannot wear it. Ince in a while I’ll try one spritz again and for a moment think ahhh wow that’s beautiful… and then after a bit-oh! Oh no! It’s just not going to work for me.
    I hope I learned my lesson!

  • Finanna says:

    I will hopefully have to use perfume a bit less than usual (expecting& hoping baby smell in May) so I plan&promise to:

    1) make a small dent to my sample/decant stash (I have reduced the number from~300 to 147, a nice target for next year could be <100)
    2) finish/get rid of five bottles (I cheated a bit and decided to donate at least three for a good cause)
    3) buy max three new bottles

  • cookie queen says:

    Not be too scared to use a couple of FB groups to sell what I don’t want any more. ?

  • pjmcbride says:

    Resolution? Settle on my signature scent. No, really.

    • Portia says:

      Hey PJMcBride.
      WOW! Good luck. Maybe you need two, a summer & winter one? They could have some matching notes so they feel similar?
      Portia xx